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Each statue along the Trail of Governors will cost $72,000 to design, sculpt and erect. To help fund this exciting project, major sponsorships are being offered for those funding:

One-quarter Statue

$18,000

Three-quarter Statue

$54,000

One-half Statue

$36,000

One-full Statue

$72,000

The sponsors can fund the pledges over multiple years before the statue is completed.

These special sponsors will be recognized on a plaque, permanently affixed to the statue. The plaques will have four lines of 50 characters and sponsors will receive one line for each quarter of the statue. For instance, individuals who sponsor one-quarter statue will receive one line of text. Those sponsoring an entire statue will receive four lines of text. Corporate logos will not be placed on the sculptures.

Download a Trail of Governors sponsorship formTrail of Governors Sponsorship Form.

Funds for the Trail of Governors Foundation will be placed in an account with the South Dakota Community Foundation. All donations are tax-deductible and sponsors will be invited to special unveiling ceremonies in Pierre!

Donations of any amount are welcome and are recorded on the donor page along with the Governor donated to.

The following is a list of our special sponsors to date:

The funded pledges are shown in GREEN

 

32nd Gov. Dennis Daugaard (2011-2019)

Statue Completed

Friends and Family of Governor Dennis Daugaard – $18,000
Rotarians of District 5610 – $18,000
South Dakota Community Foundation – $18,000
Scott and Julia Jones – $18,000

31st Gov. M. Michael Rounds (2003-2011)

Statue Completed

Families of Steve and Trace Beck – Beck Motor Company – $17,000
Fischer Rounds and Associates – $17,000
Friends and Family of Governor M. Michael Rounds – $34,000

M. Michael Rounds Plaque

29th Gov. Walter D. Miller (1993-1995)

Statue Completed

Walter D. Miller Family – $17,000
Mansour Karim Family – $17,000
Leroy and Charlene Foster – $17,000
Lt. Governor Steve and Suzette Kirby – $17,000

Gov. Walter D. Miller Plaque

22nd Gov. Archie Gubbrud (1961-1965)

Statue Completed

Lance and Julie Burma in memory of Walter D. Miller – $17,000
Gary and Connie Grittner – $17,000
Leroy Foster and April Smart  – $18,000
Leroy Foster in Memory of Elsie Shelbourn – $18,000

21st Gov. Ralph Herseth (1959-1961)

Statue Completed

Friends of the Trail of Governors 
Family and friends of Governor Ralph Herseth 
Scott and Julia Jones (In memory of his assistant Eugenia Norbeck) – $18,000

20th Gov. Joe Foss (1955-1959)

Statue Completed

Farm Credit Services of America – $17,000
Dr. Frank and Pamela Foss, Mary Joe Foss Finke – $17,000
Chuck and Bonny Schroyer – $18,000
Friends and Family – $17,000

Joe Foss Plaque

18th Gov. George T. Mickelson (1947-1951)

Statue Completed

Thomas and Patricia Adam – $17,000
G Mark and Cynthia Mickelson – $17,000
Karlton C. and Joan Adam Family/ Dakota State Bank – 1/6 Sponsorship
Joseph and Kathryn Carmody – 1/6 Sponsorship
Thomas and Kristin Reaves and Family – 1/6 Sponsorship

Gov. George T. Mickelson Plaque

17th Gov. Merrell Sharpe (1943-1947)

Statue Completed

Leroy and Charlene Foster – $18,000
Gary and Connie Grittner – $17,000
Rick and Ana Jensen – $18,000
Lynn’s Dakotamart, Inc. – $18,000

16th Gov. Harlan Bushfield (1939-1943)

Statue Completed

Harlan Bushfield Family – $17,000
American Bank & Trust, Miller SD – $17,000
Leroy & Charlene Foster – $17,000

Trail of Governors Board Members

Rick Jensen – $2500
Patricia Van Gerpen – $2500
Tina Van Camp – $2500
Patricia Adam – $2500
Leroy Foster – $2500
Patricia Miller – $2500
Chuck Schroyer – $2500

Gov. Harlan Bushfield Plaque

13th Gov. Warren Green (1931-1933)

Statue Completed

Leroy and Charlene Foster – $25,000
Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren of Governor Warren Green – $18,000
Mansour and Ruth Karim – $25,000

Gov. Warren Green Plaque

4th Gov. Charles Herreid (1901-1905)

Statue Completed

Friends of the Trail of Governors – $36,000
Governor’s Inn/Leroy Foster and John Poncelet, Manager – $17,000
Scott and Julia Jones – $18,000

3rd Gov. Andrew Lee (1897-1901)

Scheduled for 2022

Jay and Elizabeth Vogt – $18,000
Scott and Julia Jones – $18,000
The Gunderson Family – $18,000
South Dakota Retailers Association – $18,000

Donate Today!

Preferred method mail to:
Trail of Governors
2310 Patron Parkway
PO Box 296
Pierre SD 57501

Click here to Donate Online!

Donations of any amount are welcome and will be posted on the Donors page.

Donated to Date:

$2,223,269.12

updated 11/1/2021

Endowment Balance:

$‭29,886.36‬

updated 4/3/2020

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